Football club nets a £5,000 bursary

Cramlington United Football Team.
Cramlington United Football Team.

A south east Northumberland football club has scored £5,000 worth of funding after winning a community bursary beneficiary.

Cramlington United Football Club was chosen by Manor Walks Shopping Centre as the recipient of its 2015 bursary for its dedication to encouraging young people into sport and offering them a place to develop their skills in and around the community.

The much-needed funding will be used by the community football club to help purchase new strips and equipment, while keeping costs for its members to a minimum and allowing the club to run its three disability teams at no cost to members.

Funded by Hammerson, Manor Walks’ Community Bursary Scheme, now in its third year, supports organisations that undertake vital work in the local community and was open to all registered charities operating in Northumberland.

The centre’s general manager Bruno Coppola said: “We are proud to be able to name Cramlington United Football Club as our third beneficiary.

“The main focus of the club is providing a safe environment for children and young people to develop as individuals in a social group.

“We are looking forward to further developing our relationship with Cramlington United over the next 12 months.”

Club chairman, Dave Malone, added: “This award will help us in so many ways. To be recognised for the work our team of over 40 volunteers does within the community is great for everyone involved.”